Well done! You did it, all your hard work has finally paid off! Between the phone calls, interviews, and tech tests, you are ready to begin your new dream job. We know that it can be a scary time, full of uncertainty for the first few weeks while you find your feet. However, we are here to help! Reperio has compiled a few simple tips to help you succeed in the first few months of your new job.
1. Introduce Yourself
Sounds easy, right? But we all know it’s not, especially if you are a more introverted individual. In this case, you may want to sit back until you have a better feel of things around the office. However, it can pay off to just throw yourself into the deep end and start making those introductions. This doesn't have to be formally walking around shaking hands and repeating your name, it may be simply talking to someone informally in the communal kitchen on your lunch break. Not only will this let people know who you are, but it will also show that you are proactively trying to get to know your teammates and allow you to get a feel for the culture of the company.
2. Find a Mentor
When you’re making your introductions, seek out one of the more senior members and start building a relationship with them. Listening to what they have to say and accepting any advice they give will help you get up to speed quickly. As you progress down the line, this mentor can become someone that you will be able to bounce ideas off and someone who can give you some helpful tips to achieving your goals.
3. Be Proactive
You want to be able to prove that you have initiative and it wasn’t just a buzzword you used during the interview process. Having a mentor is great for helping you succeed, but you shouldn't rely on them too much. Check with your boss every now and again what else you can do but try to think of some things that you can do yourself to show that you’re willing to go the extra mile. As Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer said:
“Social psychologists argue that who we are at any one time depends mostly on the context in which we find ourselves. But who creates the context? The more mindful we are, the more we can create the contexts we are in. When we create the context, we are more likely to be authentic. Mindfulness lets us see things in a new light and believe in the possibility of change.”
When beginning a new job, it is likely that you will be learning a lot of new words, processes, and technology. This may cause information overload unless you take the time to prioritise all the information you are being given. Therefore, it may be useful to carry around a notebook and create a list of the tasks that need to be completed and the key things you need to remember.
5. Define Success
Within your first few weeks, you should schedule a meeting with your new manager. Take some time with your manager to clarify your mutual expectations which might include how you will work together, the resources needed to do your job well, and how your job performance will be assessed.
6. Ask for Feedback
It is important within the first few initial months of starting with a company to receive feedback on your current progress. This will help iron out any bad habits that may be starting to form and is the perfect way to make sure that you and your manager are on the same page.
7. Learn How to Use the Coffee Machine
This may sound simple, but trust us, no one wants to be ‘that guy’ leaving the coffee pot empty for your colleagues.
If you would like help securing your next IT role, our consultants would be happy to help. You can browse our jobs page for the roles we currently have on offer or alternatively, give our office a call on 01 571 3000.